The Washington Capitals are investing in the future. They have struggled to manage their salary cap this off season. Two of their priorities are now under contract. Goalie Philipp Grubauer has yet to sign his new contract; however, we expect to hear something soon as general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday it was also a priority.
Andre Burakovsky was once the youngest player on the Caps roster, starting with the team in October 2014 at the age of 19. He made a huge impression that first game with his first NHL goal. He ended his rookie year with a respectable 53 games with 9 goals and 13 assists. He has consistently improved his playing performance since that first year. He ended the 2016/17 season 12 goals and 23 points.
Some have said that his play is inconsistent; however, as the ninth highest scoring player on the team we see many more opportunities for him and the Capitals. In the upcoming season we want to see Burky taking chances and shooting the puck more to score. He has a capability that, along with the likes of the veterans on the team, could just a few of those shots with you while we wait for his return from Sweden!
Burakovsky is one of the shortest term contracts signed by returning players. Described as a “bridge contract,” it gives the Caps time to see if he can step up his performance before they commit to a longer agreement. His is a two-year $6 million contract. Mike Vogel tweeted out terms of the deal:
Kuzy, Kuzy, Kuzy. Can we just say how excited we are to see him signed by the Washington Capitals? He has everything to offer the team as they begin to rely more and more on the younger players to augment, and eventually replace, the veteran players. Kuznetsov is the third highest scoring Capitals ‘ player with 59 points, although his numbers are down from the previous high of 77 points in the 2015/16 season. On balance, his playoff performance this year exceed his previous three points in two seasons and five this past season.
Kuzy is another personality that shines on and off the ice and we hope that he will bring back the magical scoring and talent that excites us so much. We have long thought he has the potential of becoming the face of the Caps as fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin nears the end of his time in DC. At 24, Kuznetsov could be on the cusp of a great career in the NHL.
His new contract should keep him in Washington for eight years. At $62.4 million he will average $7.8 million a year. It is clear that the Capitals also see him as the future face of the Caps – along with TJ Oshie who also signed an eight-year contract this summer.
Kuzy tweeted out his appreciation for the new deal:
And, we have to say that they are among our favorite players to capture with the camera. Congrats guys!!